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Candid portraiture for life’s many messy, imperfect, joyous and beautiful moments.

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Chickpea is boutique portrait studio specializing in a blend of candid, playful lifestyle portraits of pets, kids and the families that love them.  Both in-studio and on-location all over the Greater San Francisco Bay Area since 2009.

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“If you’ve seen her photos, you already know Cyndi has an incredible eye. But until you experience her in action you have no idea how lucky you are to have found her.” ~ Jenny J, San Francisco


“Cyndi did an amazing job with the pictures she took of our kids as well as our family portrait. We had our session at Arlington Park in Kensington and she had a sharp eye for the best spots. She also put our kids, who were very reluctant at first, quickly at ease and they had a great time.  Afterwards they kept telling us how much fun they had!” ~ Ebba R, Berkeley


“Cyndi is a wonderful, warm and talented photographer and captured a very special moment in time for my 9-yo daughter last year. I highly recommend her and this project in particular!”
~ Laina L, Alameda

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